While on the surface the idea of having mobile phones in school may seem like a bad idea, there are many positive reasons for allowing mobile phones in schools. With advantages ranging from safety to easy communication, there are plenty of reasons why you may want to send your child to school with more than just pens and pencils in his book bag.
Being able to easily contact family members -- or be contacted by family -- is one of the most obvious advantages of having a phone in school. Schools typically have a limited number of phones available for children to use. A child with a mobile phone can easily call home in the event of early release from school or in an emergency when a large number of children may be trying to use the official phone at the same time. A mobile phone can also allow a parent to call or text her child to let him know of a late collection and other important information.
Most mobile phones have a built-in GPS receiver to allow location pinpointing at any given time, with some networks offering an option for parents to track their child's phone online in real-time. The GPS functionality of a child's phone can be invaluable should she go missing on the journey to or from school.
Most mobile phones today have built-in web browsers which allow them connect to and surf the web. A child can use the phone's Internet capabilities while doing research for homework or projects in situations where they might not have easy access to a computer.
Schools -- like anywhere else -- can be the scene of accidents and other emergencies. Having a mobile phone can enable a child to call 999 should a medical or other emergency occur. Without a mobile phone, children would have to locate a phone, which can cost valuable time and may delay the arrival of help.